It is in the nature of some humans to do something different. This natural instinct to do things differently has made it possible for man to come up with different and unique ideas. These groundbreaking ideas helped man to come up with some of the greatest inventions ever.
Invention of fire is said to be the earliest and the greatest invention ever done by any human being. After fire came the wheel and today we live in the world where we are surrounded by millions of great scientific inventions. These inventions have not only helped us make our lives easier but have also made us a very superior race on this planet. It is due to the efforts of some great inventors that we enjoy this high status on our planet.
Here is an article discussing about ten great inventors who changed the face of this world with their inventions.
1 Alexander Graham bell
The invention of telephone is considered as one of the greatest inventions of the nineteenth century. Alexander Graham bell was the man behind this great invention. Born in Edinburgh, Scotland on March 3, 1847, Bell was a great engineer and innovator. He was successful in making first practical telephone in 1876. Bell is also responsible for inventing the Harmonic Telegraph which later inspired him to invent telephone. He created the Bell Telephone company in 1877 after he was awarded the first US patent for telephone in 1876.
2 Joseph John Thomson
Sir Joseph John Thomson or J.J. Thomson was a great British Physicist. Born on 18 December 1856 in Manchester, England, J. J. Thomson is the man who discovered the presence of electrons. In 1897, Thomson became the first man to suggest about the subatomic particles or electrons. In 1905, he discovered the radioactivity of potassium. In 1906, Thomson became the first man to demonstrate that hydrogen has one electron per atom. In the same year, he was awarded Nobel Prize for Physics. In 1913, he invented the mass spectrometer.
3 Charles Babbage
Popularly known as the Father of Computer, Charles Babbage was an English mathematician, inventor, mechanical engineer and philosopher. He was successful in inventing the first mechanical computer which laid the foundation for the development of programmable computers. He was born on 26 December 1791 in London, England. Though his first computing machine was not completed due to fund problems, he was successful in building the first mechanical computer.
4 Isaac Newton
Adam and Eve might be the first ones to eat an apple but it was Newton’s head that was hit by the fallen apple. After the apple incident Sir Isaac Newton formulated the theory of gravitation became the most influential scientist of all times. Newton discovered the Law of motion and the power of gravity. He was born on 25 December 1642 in Lincolnshire, England.
5 Marie Curie
Marie Curie was the first woman to win a Nobel Prize. Born on 7 November 1867 in Warsaw, Marie discovered the radium with her husband in 1898. She also discovered polonium and radium. After marrying Pierre Curie, she acquired French citizenship. She became the first woman to win a Nobel Prize in 1903 for Physics. She won this Nobel Prize with her husband Pierre Curie and Henri Becquerel. In 1911, she was once again awarded a Nobel Prize in Chemistry for her discovery of the two new elements i.e. polonium and radium.
6 Sir Joseph Wilson Swan
This is the man who made low cost household and commercial lighting possible by inventing incandescent light bulb. Sir Joseph Wilson Swan discovered was born on 31 October 1828 in England. He was a physicist and chemist who established the Edison & Swan United Electric Light Company with Thomas Edison in 183. Popularly known as Ediswan, this company was successful in manufacturing the first incandescent light bulb.
7 Wilhelm Rontgen
Wilhelm Conrad Rontgen is the Nobel Prize winner German physicist who discovered the X-rays. Born on 27 March 1845 in Lennep, Germany, Rontgen graduated from Zurich University with a Ph.D. In 1895, he successfully produced as well as detected the electromagnetic radiation in wavelength range. This wavelength range today is known as X-Rays.
8 Nikola Tesla
Nikola Tesla was an electrical engineer, mechanical engineer and a physicist as well. He is popular for his contribution in designing the modern alternate current electrical system. Born on 10 July 1856 in Smiljan
(Now in Croatia), he was one of the biggest rivals of Thomas Edison. Though he once worked under Edison, he resigned from Edison’s company after having a dispute over money. However, he made a good reputation as an archetypal mad scientist who was famous all over the globe for his miraculous inventions.
9 Thomas Edison
Thomas Alva Edison is the fourth most prolific inventor who is famous for inventing electrical light bulb. Apart from electric bulb he also invented motion picture camera and phonograph. Born on 11 February 1847 in Milan, Ohio, he holds about 2000 patents in his name in USA. He is also considered as one of the most successful innovators and businessmen of America.
10 Wright Brothers
Orville Wright and Wilbur Wright were two American brothers who invented the first successful airplane. They laid a successful and solid foundation for today’s modern aircrafts. They were the first ones to invent the three axis control which enabled pilot to maintain and steer the aircraft in air. This method is a standard aircraft steering method for all fixed-wing aircrafts even today.
Really these people deserve a grand salute.They made the life bit easy for us!!